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Forestry Commission

Approval of a 4.3ha Afforestation Scheme at South Field, Edmundbyers

Notice ID: BRA2472849

Notice effective from
4th August 2022 to 3rd September 2022

Public Notice

Application has been made to the Forestry Commission for approval of a 4.3ha afforestation scheme at South Field, Edmundbyers, County Durham, National Grid reference NZ 010 494. An Environmental Statement supporting the application is available for public consultation for a period of 30 days from 04/08/2022, and copies of the statement can be obtained free of charge from: Forestry Commission, C/O Tyneside house, 1 Skinner burn Rd, Newcastle Business park, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 7AR

Any person wishing to make representations regarding the application or requiring further information should make them in writing to the Commissioners, either by email to Mr Ian Everard at or by post to: Forestry Commission, Rm G34 Foss House, Kings Pool 1-2 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PX


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Desmond Barker
4:14pm Wed 10 Aug 22
I am a member of the Bernician Studies Group mainly involved in the study of ASNW ( Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland ).I have a keen interest in natural history and I believe the scheme at South Field, Edmundbyers should proceed for a variety of reasons. It ticks so many boxes in regards to the challenges facing the environment today. Mitigating climate change by carbon capture. Increasing biodiversity through planting a variety of native tree species and inclusion of wetland and open areas. For example willow species will benefit early bumblebees and other insects with a nectar source when very little else is flowering. Possibility of a traditional hay meadow in open area for added biodiversity. The presumed increase in predation on ground nesting birds? That a 0.1% increase in tree cover in the local area will lead to increased predation is questionable. Especially as the site is next to a highly keepered shooting estate and a qualified keeper volunteer available for any control required on the site. The scheme will contribute to enhancing a woodland corridor in Burnhope Burn catchment. The scheme will be an asset for the residents of Edmundbyers and the wider community with the potential for educational opportunities. The preferred option of Natural England to return the site to grazing is retrograde and an unlikely outcome. The option of walking away means the site will scrub up and become woodland but of a much less diverse character and less aesthetically pleasing. With less biodiversity and no predator control a much poorer outcome results. Des Barker Longframlington

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